This morning I got a client’s DWI – Chronic Offender § 577.023(2) reduced to a different charge. The case is not over, but this is a huge win. A DWI Chronic Offender is someone who commits the crime of Driving While Intoxicated (which is usually a misdemeanor) after previously being convicted of DWI four or more times (or in rare cases, combinations of intoxication related traffic offenses and serious traffic offenses like involuntary manslaughter).
DWI – Chronic Offender is a Class B felony – meaning it is punishable by 5-15 years in prison. The charge also carries an unusual punishment that requires convicted defendants to serve a minimum of two years in prison before they are eligible for probation or parole.
Defendants on bond in DWI – Chronic Offender cases are subject to Continuous Alcohol Monitoring, which can be quite expensive.